Category: Michael Pineda

August 4, 2019

All hail the Twins’ Nelson Cruz

Slugger Nelson Cruz appears ready to single-handedly lead the Twins to a division title and possibly more after putting on a show Friday and Saturday. In two games, Cruz went 6-for-10 at the plate and hit four home runs, including three on Saturday in the Twins’ 11-3 defeat of the Kansas City Royals. He now... Continue Reading »

August 2, 2019

Newly acquired Sam Dyson makes disastrous appearance for Twins

In one of the worst losses of the season, the Miami Marlins, a team that is 23 games under .500, 21 games out of the running in its own division and has the lowest attendance in the National League, rallied to tie the Twins in the ninth inning and beat them in extras on a... Continue Reading »

July 22, 2019

Twins split series with A’s after welcome, walk-off win

Good riddance to the pesky Oakland A’s.  The A’s and Twins fought like hell over this four-game series, and just when it looked like the Twins might finally get an easy win on Sunday, the A’s had other ideas. The Twins scored four runs early before the A’s added two in the top of the... Continue Reading »

July 17, 2019

Remember the Cleveland series, Twins fans?

All the momentum created by a successful road trip to Cleveland evaporated quickly Tuesday night after the Twins had a lousy first inning against the New York Mets, then struggled to capitalize the rest of the night. Two unearned runs spoil another strong start by Michael Pineda, and Twins fall to Mets, 3-2 at Target... Continue Reading »

July 7, 2019

Twins’ Taylor Rogers is an all-star. Or at least he should be.

The best pitcher on the Twins staff is not the rising star Jose Berrios or the resurgent Jake Odorizzi, it’s Taylor Rogers, the left-handed reliever who throws in the mid-90s and leads the team with a 1.82 ERA. The Twins do not have a dedicated closer. Instead, Falvey & Co., ever since they traded Fernando... Continue Reading »

June 30, 2019

Twins hit 5 home runs, pound Pale Hose

The Twins team that appeared at Guaranteed Rate Field on Saturday is the one we’ve all come to know this season. The name of the game isn’t small ball, it’s long ball, meaning the Twins are doing Twins-like things when they are driving the baseball a long way into the seats. And so they did... Continue Reading »

June 26, 2019

Twins get back on track with win over Rays

After the Twins rallied to beat the Kansas City Royals on Friday and Saturday, they appeared to have nothing left in a 6-1 loss to the Royals on Sunday. Starter Michael Pineda had one bad inning and that was the game. But after a day off Monday, the Twins were back home to face the... Continue Reading »

May 29, 2019

Twins earn a series split and a whole lot more

The Twins split their two-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers, beating the Crew Tuesday night, 5-3. The offense finally woke up late in the game and some familiar names sealed the win: Eddie Rosario hit his 17th home run and both Max Kepler and C.J. Cron hit RBI doubles. The Twins took a 5-0 lead... Continue Reading »

May 23, 2019

Different day, different players produce for the Twins

The other night, the heart of the Twins’ batting order powered the club to a win. On Tuesday, the top of the order delivered the goods, collecting eight of the team’s 10 hits. Max Kepler, Jorge Polanco, Marwin Gonzalez and Eddie Rosario each had two hits apiece. The night belonged to Gonzalez, however, who doubled... Continue Reading »

Hi, I’m Rolf Boone, Twins fan.

I became a fan of the Minnesota Twins after a friendly wager in the early 1980s. I survived Ron Davis, the meltdown in Cleveland, Phil Bradley at the Kingdome and then marveled at a rising generation of stars and two World Series wins in 1987 and 1991. Brad Radke made the 1990s bearable, while Kirby Puckett’s eye injury, exit from the game and eventual death made it almost too much to bear. The new century ushered in more talent — Joe Mauer, Johan Santana, Joe Nathan, Torii Hunter, Justin Morneau — and consecutive seasons of playoff baseball, followed by consecutive seasons of losing baseball. A winning season returned in 2015. So here we are. Go Twins.